Yak Review

As a relative newcomer to Yak, two things initially intrigued me about the rough and raucous London trio. First was their reputation as an unpredictable, formidable live act. Despite their youth (only in their third year as a group), critics already make gushing comparisons to early era White Stripes, The Stooges, and even those mythological […]

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The Hoosiers Review

The Hoosiers’ first album, The Trick to Life, was the first album I ever bought, ten years ago.  I suspect its best tracks – ‘Goodbye Mr A’, ‘Worried About Ray’, etc –  hold strong feelings of nostalgia for much of the current UK student population.  Since then, it’s fair to say that The Hoosiers have […]

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Live Review: Sam Lee and Friends at the Wes Mem

With a background as a wilderness survival expert and burlesque dancer, Sam Lee is hardly your stereotypical folkie. Not one born into the tradition, London-native Lee discovered traditional British folksong through old field recordings, which he listened to in his West End dressing room, between glittery-hotpant costume changes. But to learn second-hand was not enough […]

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Live Review: Twin Peaks at The Joiners

When Chicago-natives Jack Dolan (bassist/vocalist), Cadien Lake James (guitarist/vocalist), Clay Frankel (guitarist/vocalist), and Connor Brodner (drummer) first formed Twin Peaks in high school and went on their first tour senior year, they could most likely be found in the basements and backyards of any locals or friends that were willing to lend them a space. […]

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Live Review: Local Natives

Local Natives, an indie rock band originally formed in Southern California, opened the UK leg of their “Sunlit Youth” tour at the O2 Academy, Oxford 1 November. The insistence of their call for social awareness equalled the high quality of their live music. They struck a nice balance between past hits and recent releases, making […]

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Live Review: Meilyr Jones

If, like most people, you don’t consider yourself to be a fan of baroque instrumentation and crooning theatricality, Meilyr Jones’ style can at first seem off-putting. However, playing live in an intimate set at The Bullingdon, Jones’ assuredly original vision makes it difficult not to become a convert. Riding the endless wave of Welsh solo […]

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Reeling them in

With drinks dripping off the low ceiling, an average of three (visible) piercings per audience member and an enthusiastic warm-up by Less Than Jake, the O2 was transformed from a corner of miserably-rainy Cowley Road into a slice of alternative Californian sunshine. Reel Big Fish are the champions of fusing lyrics about jealousy, relationship hell, […]

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Live Review: Newton Faulkner

Sarah Poulten reviews Newton Faulkner-featuring violent old ladies, dog food and Kermit the Frog impressions.  Newton Faulkner just about registers in my musical consciousness as the guy with rust-red dreadlocks (hence the nickname ‘ginger yeti’) who sung ‘Dream Catch Me’. Apparently, alongside this wistful love song that dominated the radio airwaves of summer 2007, he’s also […]

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